The Legacy of Jesus Christ
As the pages of life turn and the curtain draws near, there is a moment of profound significance—an occasion where parents gather their children, reading out their will before departing this earthly realm. It is a scene that evokes both peace and drama, where the legacy of a lifetime is revealed. And in this powerful tradition, we witness the importance of passing down a legacy to the next generation, not only in material possessions but also in spiritual blessings.
In the Old Testament, the story of Isaac speaks volumes about the significance of leaving an inheritance for his children. Isaac desired to bestow upon his offspring not just tangible wealth but also the spiritual heritage that would guide and empower them in their journey. This age-old practice resonates deeply within us, as we contemplate the legacy we will leave behind for our own children.
We see this pattern echoed in the lives of notable figures across the globe—Paris Hilton, for instance, who inherited a substantial fortune from her grandfather. Such examples illustrate how earthly beings understand the importance of passing down blessings and prosperity to their loved ones. But if mere mortals can grasp the significance of bequeathing good things to their children, how much more can we expect from our Heavenly Father?
God, in His infinite wisdom and love, has left us with numerous inheritances throughout our lives. However, the most remarkable and unparalleled gift of all is the invitation to be adopted into the family of Christ Jesus. This adoption encompasses a depth of love, grace, and belonging that surpasses any earthly legacy. In embracing this divine inheritance, we enter into a sacred covenant with God, becoming His beloved sons and daughters.
In the New Testament, when Jesus walked among us, He intimately addressed God as His Father. This special relationship characterised His existence on Earth. While He certainly understood the multifaceted nature of God, it was the identity of being a beloved child that resonated most deeply within Him and should with us as well. As a son of God our true identity and worth are in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. Through this we understand that we are loved, valued, and chosen by Him, no longer slaves to fear, doubt, or insecurity. Our worth is not based on our achievements or performance but on the unchanging love and acceptance of our Father.
Initially, the concept of God as a father sounded foreign to the Jews, as they had never related to God in such a manner. However, Jesus came to transform that narrative, unveiling the astonishing truth that we are not merely servants or friends of God, but sons and daughters—joint-heirs with Jesus Christ Himself. How awe-inspiring is that? We have witnessed the incredible works and miracles of God, and now we have been entrusted with a new heritage—we are the sons and daughters of the Most High.
In a remarkable encounter found in Luke 2:48-49, when Mary reproached Jesus for His actions, He responded, "I am about my Father's business." These words reveal the depth of His love for the Father and His unwavering dedication to fulfilling His will. He loved the Father so profoundly that He was willing to lay down His life for the redemption of mankind. Through the life of Jesus, we understand the attitude we must adopt, prioritising the Father's will and mission as the defining characteristic of true sons and daughters. Unlike children who focus solely on their own desires, sons and daughters recognise that their lives are centered on the Father's agenda.
Jesus brought immeasurable delight to the Father, resulting in Him receiving a name above all names. When we, too, please our Heavenly Father, He lavishes His blessings upon us without restraint. He pours out His favour until we are left in awe, singing songs of gratitude, exclaiming, "I never knew You would honour me this way! ». Moreover, we inherit the richness of His kingdom and carry the responsibility to live out our lives in alignment with His will. We must wholeheartedly embrace our identity as sons of God and boldly walk the path that He has prepared for us.
So, dear friends, join us on this extraordinary journey as we explore the breathtaking inheritance of being sons and daughters of God. Let us wholeheartedly embrace the divine legacy entrusted to us—a legacy filled with love, purpose, and unimaginable potential. Through prayer, worship, and the study of His Word, we gain profound understanding of His heart and desires. As we yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, reflecting His love, compassion, and grace to the world. Let our lives bring joy to the heart of our Heavenly Father, knowing that we are loved, cherished, and equipped to make a profound impact on the world around us.
Prepare to be captivated by the magnitude of your divine identity. Get ready to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, discovering the boundless blessings and supernatural empowerment that accompany being beloved children of the Most High. Together, let us wholeheartedly embrace our heritage and leave a lasting legacy that will forever transform the lives of those who follow in our footsteps.
Adrian is the co founder of The Nova Project. He is a speaker, author, bible teacher, filmmaker and entrepreneur. He currently lives in Geneva with his wife Robertha and two sons Levi-Hunter and Luke-Pierce